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Study quantifies how fluoride lowers I.Q. scores in children

(This article is taken from Natural News.)

The addition of fluoride to water supplies in the US and around the globe has always been a point of contention, especially among natural health enthusiasts and liberty-loving individuals. There are many reasons to stand against mass fluoridation; first and foremost being that it is nothing short of government-sanctioned mass medication of their citizens.

But beyond that philosophical perspective, there are also many health-related reasons why informed people might oppose fluoride.

The CDC itself is aware that mass water fluoridation is leading to a dental condition known as “dental fluorosis.” In mild cases, the condition merely causes discoloration of the tooth enamel, but in more severe instances, the enamel is severely damaged. White streaks, brown stains, and pitting of the enamel are telltale signs of dental fluorosis. While the cosmetic appearance of the teeth can be restored, the damage to the enamel is sadly permanent. And in 2004, data from the CDC revealed that 41 percent of children between the ages of 12 and 15 had dental fluorosis — a 400 percent rise from just 60 years ago.

It is almost mind-boggling how a substance that can cause so much damage to teeth is added to the water supply under the guise of dental health. Some research has also shown that fluoride can even cause bone cancer. But if that’s what fluoride does to your teeth, doesn’t it make you wonder what it can do to your brain?

Research shows fluoride lowers children’s IQ scores

Fluoride’s neurotoxic effects are nothing new; the aluminum industry’s waste product has been linked to harmful neurological effects for years. But new research piloted by Dr. William Hirzy, Ph.D., a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) senior scientist who specialized in risk assessment, shows that children in the US are consuming enough of the toxic substance to noticeably reduce their IQ.

Currently, federal guidelines allow for fluoride to be added to water in amounts equivalent to no more than 0.7 milligrams per liter. But as Dr. Hirzy explains, this amount is still likely to be way too high.

“The effect of fluoride on IQ is quite large, with a predicted mean 5 IQ point loss when going from a dose of 0.5 mg/[fluoride/day to 2.0 mg [fluoride/day,” he notes.

Many children consume fluoride at these levels on a daily basis, from the fluoride present in their water and other beverages, the food they eat, the toothpaste they use and the air they breathe.

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NOTE: The current concentration level of fluoride in Singapore’s tap water is 0.6mg per litre.

New Evidence of Harm from Fluoridation

Just when you thought the evidence against fluoridation couldn’t get any more damning, several new studies and reviews have been published so far in just the past five months that ought to condemn fluoridation to the history books once and for all.

New research links public water fluoridation to significant increases in ADHD in the US and hypothyroidism in the UK.

Water-Fluoridation Fluoride is an endocrine disruptor. New IQ study shows links between dental fluorosis and IQ damage in children. There are now over 100 animal studies and over 43 human studies proving fluoride’s neurotoxicity.

In April this year, the US Department of Health & Human Services admitted that Americans are being over-exposed to fluoride. Evidence has been uncovered showing government agencies trying to hide disproportionate harm to minority communities caused by fluoridation.

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Review Of Water Fluoridation In Singapore?

With the growing evidence of health risks related to water fluoridation, it might be time for Singapore to also review its policy on this and the mainstream media has finally caught up on this.

“It is time for the Ministry of Health to review the appropriate and safe level of fluoride in our water supply, and to reconsider if Singapore should continue with its water fluoridation,” The Straits Times reported.

Israel Bans FluorideIt also explained that, “On Aug 26 last year, Israel declared the end of mandatory fluoridation of drinking water, and joined the vast majority of countries in the world in which fluoridation is not mandatory.”

In 2010, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said that Singapore started putting fluoride into our water supply in 1954.

MOH said that fluoride has been effective in reducing dental caries. “Fluoride is most effective in preventing dental caries if a low level of fluoride is constantly present in the mouth,” it said.

Water fluoridation is also the “most cost effective preventive public health measure” for tooth decay, MOH said.

MOH also quoted the Cochrane Collaboration Oral Health Group, and said that there is no evidence of health risks with water fluoridation.

“The latest WHO guideline prescribes it at 1.5 mg per litre. In Singapore, we have over the years progressively reduced our fluoridation level to its current concentration level of 0.6mg per litre in our tap water. This is well within the WHO’s prescribed safety level,” MOH had said.

“Some 40 countries, including the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Ireland have water fluoridation schemes in place,” it also said.

Associate Professor Patrick Tseng, the Chief Dental Officer at MOH, also said in 2012, that, “In fact, fluoride is a natural element that is already present in various forms around us, such as in the air, our food and water, but in insufficient amounts to have any dental benefits.”

“Current levels of fluoride in our water system are low, safe and constantly monitored,” he also said.

However, the latest evidence is saying otherwise.

For example, a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health linked fluoride to higher rates of hypothyroidism.

This can in turn lead to depression and weight gain.

Another research by the Harvard School for Public Health (HSPH) also found that “fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children”.

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The above article is taken from The Real Singapore.

Whether or not Singapore will review water fluoridation, there is something that you can do now for you and your loved ones. If you are of the view that that you should remove fluoride from your drinking water, Berkey Water Filters, with its optional PF-2 fluoride reduction elements added, is the ideal solution.

10 Facts About Fluoride

When most people hear the word fluoride, they generally think of their teeth and their dentist. Fluoride, after all, is added to some public water systems and many dental products for the purpose of preventing cavities. Less well known is that fluoride is a highly toxic compound, a major industrial air pollutant, a key ingredient in some pesticides and fumigants, the cause of a tooth defect that currently impacts over 40% of American teenagers, and the cause of a devastating bone disease that impacts millions of people throughout the world. For too long, the toxicity of fluoride compounds has been overlooked by the public health and environmental communities. The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) was founded in 2000 to remedy this imbalance. (Source: FAN)

The following video produced by FAN outlines 10 important facts about fluoride:

The 10 facts are:

  1. Most developed countries do not fluoridate their water
  2. Fluoridated countries do not have less tooth decay than non-fluoridated countries
  3. Fluoride affects many tissues in the body besides the teeth
  4. Fluoridation is not a “natural” process
  5. 40% of American teenagers show visible signs of fluoride over-exposure
  6. For infants, fluoridated water provides no benefits, only risks
  7. Fluoride supplements have never been approved by the FDA
  8. Fluoride is the only medicine added to public water
  9. Swallowing fluoride provides little benefit to teeth
  10. Disadvantaged communities are the most disadvantaged by fluoride

To read more about these 10 facts,  click here.

 

Singapore’s Drinking Water

In Singapore, the quality of our drinking water is regulated by the Environmental Public Health (EPH) (Quality of Piped Drinking Water) Regulations 2008. The drinking water standards set out under the EPH Regulations were based on the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality. PUB will make continuous effort to maintain drinking water quality at the highest possible level. (Source: PUB website)

This means just like in most of the USA, our drinking water is also fluoridated.

The PUB website also tells us exactly how much fluoride is being added to our drinking water:

Singapore-Fluoride

From the above table, we see that the amount of fluoride in our drinking water averages 0.47 mg per litre of water. This is on the lower end of the WHO recommendation of between 0.4 to 0.7 mg per litre.

The primary reason for water fluoridation in Singapore is for dental health.

Dental care begins with preventive dentistry promoted through the Health Promotion Board. The Board targets students through a network of 200 static clinics located in the schools as well as 30 mobile dental clinics. This plus fluoridation of potable water and availability of fluoridated toothpaste has greatly diminished dental decay and tooth loss. Public dental services are available in some polyclinics and hospitals, and the National Dental Centre.

Source: Singapore.sg

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If you are of the view that that you should remove fluoride from your drinking water, Berkey Water Filters, with its optional PF-2 fluoride reduction elements added, is the ideal solution.

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